Comparing Cloud Gateways for Enterprises

In this ChalkTalk, Storage Switzerland's George Crump and Avere co-founder and CEO, Ron Bianchini review five differences that you get with Avere Hybrid Cloud NAS over other cloud gateway software products on the market. This solution still provides storage gateway functionality with additional features and benefits that are essential for enterprises.

Avere's cloud gateway software, FlashCloud™ + FlashMove®, is used with FXT Edge filers to seamlessly move data into and out of the cloud. However, it is so much more than just a cloud gateway. Typical cloud gateways provide NFS and/or SMB services to on-premises users and translate these protocols into object API calls for storing data in the cloud for backup, archive, or simple file services applications. This “bridge” between on-premises applications and object storage allows for transparent communication between 2 incompatible technologies.

Traditionally, a cloud gateway is thought of as a one-lane bridge for getting data into the cloud, translating only the data that is actively moving and only so much at a time. For enterprise infrastructures, this makes the idea of running intensive applications or placing large archives in the cloud a nightmare. This is where Avere comes in. Avere's cloud gateway software helps keep that bridge open and extend the capabilities for high performance applications. It even allows you to move data from one cloud service provider to another and then back to on-premises!

With this added functionality, Avere Hybrid Cloud NAS can support a wide range of applications in the cloud, including transactional processing, HPC, file sharing and collaboration, disaster recovery (DR), as well as, backup, archive, and file serving. For enterprises with hybrid cloud environments, these additional features are essential for simplifying data center management and making it easier to scale performance in the cloud.